Protect your home, help heat a neighbor’s
Written by Julie Borgen, Twin Cities Media Relations Director for The Salvation Army Northern Division. Contact: 612-201-6163
Roseville, Minn. – CenterPoint Energy is teaming up with The Salvation Army to help Twin Cities households keep their heat on this winter. For every new maintenance plan customers sign up for between now and March 31, CenterPoint Energy’s Home Service Plus will donate $20 to The Salvation Army’s HeatShare program.
HeatShare is an emergency assistance program for people who face having their heat shut off and have nowhere else to turn. While Minnesota does adhere to the Cold Weather Rule, customers must be current on their bills when the rule takes effect (Oct. 15-April 15), or they can still be shut off. Also, the rule does not apply for delivered fuels, like wood or propane.
That’s where HeatShare can help, as funds allow. The program is fueled by donations to The Salvation Army and by customers of local utilities, including CenterPoint Energy.
Every year, The Salvation Army provides $1.5 million worth of energy assistance to over 4,000 households in Minnesota, giving each recipient an average of $370 to keep their homes warm.
“But that is just a drop in the bucket – many more families need our help,” said Mike McGlone, HeatShare administrator. “About 40,000 people apply for HeatShare assistance every year, yet we can help only 10 percent of them.”
About The Salvation Army
Since 1886 the Twin Cities Salvation Army has been a safety net for thousands of people, providing food, housing, financial assistance and more, without discrimination. Each year we serve 187,000 people in the metro area, providing 1,300 hot meals daily and sheltering nearly 900 every night. The Salvation Army relies on 20,500 volunteers who give 160,000 hours of service annually. Please join The Salvation Army by volunteering or making a donation to support your local community.